If you’re a frequenter of sites like Gilt, RueLaLa and any other numerous online sample sale sites, chances are you’ll flip for the in-person variety, where you can usually grab better deals (plus you get to try things on too, well most of the time).
I usually find my nyc sample sale information from two sources – Racked & Stylish City.
- NYC Racked - Great for sample sale recaps, price lists, and reviews. A way to find out if it’s “worth it.” But be wary as countless other people are doing the same thing.
- Stylish City - My daily go-to for what’s happening today, tomorrow, and planning for the future. You can also sign up for a daily email digest.
- 260 Sample Sale – Probably my favorite location in NYC that ALMOST ALWAYS has a sale going on. Home of J.Crew and Rent the Runway sample sales. They run two locations, both in the flatiron district and always have great sales.
You should always have a strategy and plan when visiting a sample sale. This is not a “browse with your purse dog and a cup of coffee while listening to that new album” type of experience. It’s more like, hair up, game face on, clutching your wallet since you had to check everything else at the door – type experience.
Come with an idea of what you want and how much you’re willing to spend, keeping in mind that there are no returns and everything is final sale. Always fully inspect your merchandise! Keep in mind that you may have to wait in line to get in, the early bird gets the worm when it comes to sample sales in new york city!
Ask me your questions about sample sale shopping in new york city and i’ll answer them below!